What to stash this week: Yarn love

Fides and Gaby at Siidegarte have released a limited edition Valentine’s Day colorway that is only available through February 19. The rose-inspired color — blush pink, mixed with an almost lilac silver and a tiny bit of green — is available on three bases: the laceweight Siide-Füürneem, a blend of silk and Royal Alpaca; Siide-Fideel, a silk/Merino fingering weight; and Siide-Liind, a mix of fine silk and Merino, combined with SeaCell.

Speaking of love, Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has special Outlander Wedding kits available for preorder through Feb. 19. The kits, inspired by the love shared between Jamie and Claire, contain a skein of Snug light fingering in the Tartan colorway, a project bag by Debra of Addicted to Sock Knitting in special Outlander Wedding fabric designed by Julia and a matching notions tin.

Aside from collaborating with Casapinka on her latest shawl design, Gray Area, and getting ready for upcoming shows, including Stitches West, Sue of Invictus Yarns has created a special colorway for Sock Madness.

Lindsay of Knit Eco Chic’s latest design, Alternating Paths, is a cozy cabled sweater that will keep you beautifully toasty during these winter months. It’s worked seamlessly, with some room for customization.

Picking complementary colors is a no brainer with Bijou Basin Ranch’s latest Master Color Series.

Sound of Music fans, this new club from Go Knit Yourself is for you.

Wild Hair Studio’s latest shop update includes some Harry Pottery-themed goodies.

What to stash this week: Knit the force

Many of us are still reeling from one of the last losses of 2016. Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has decided to honor our favorites princess with her Bag of the Month, a collection of accessories that goes on sale today at 9 a.m. Pacific time. 

Continuing the Star Wars tribute, Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has a batch of Star Wars-inspired items, including two kits with stitch markers and additional colorways, that will be available for pre-order through this Sunday, January 8th.

Toby Roxane Barna, a designer who has long gravitated toward indie-dyed yarns for her shawls, sweaters and other accessories, has launched a line of yarn. The yarns include both subtle and bright semisolid and variegated colorways in fingering and DK weights. You’re sure to find something that would go well with one of Toby’s designs which, coincidentally, are 20% off on Ravelry through January 15th with the code INWITHTHENEW. Oh, and the yarn on her website is 17% off, too, with the same code!

Laura’s latest design, a scarf called Yarn Chicken, is not as daunting as it sounds. It comes with options and notes so that you can maximize the yarn you have, and win your own games of yarn chicken.

Bijou Basin Ranch is giving one lucky person a chance to win two skeins of Xanadu, 100% Mongolian Cashmere yarn, enough to knit Equinox, a pair of thigh-high yoga socks in Jen Geigley’s new book, EVERYDAY.

What to stash this week: A mega rebellion

We all know that big, bulky yarns are a saving grace of the holiday season — or are perfect when we need to be warm, stat. So, it’s a great time to enroll in the SpaceMonsters Mega Club. As a club member, you get a skein of worsted or bulky weight, hand dyed by Stephanie in an exclusive colorway, delivered every other month, and a special gift tucked into every third parcel. The price isn’t too mega, either.

Inspired by the new Rogue One movie, Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has dyed up yarn in colorways like Jedi, Vader, Is that an Ewok or a Wookie?, Rogue and Rebel, and debuted a new Rogue One notions tin. Join the rebellion!

Ami of Lakes Yarn and Fiber just introduced a new base called Rose, a decadent blend of 80% Merino and 20% Cashmere. She’s also offering free shipping on U.S. orders through Dec. 24 with the coupon code FREESHIP16 and $10 off international orders of at least two skeins with the coupon code INTSHIP.

Barbara Benson’s newest design is an easy-peasy cabled cowl that knits up quickly in bulky yarn, perfect for the polar vortex that has descended on much of the U.S. The clever design is knit vertically with no grafting required, joined together by sewing on buttons.

You have until Sunday, December 18th, to enroll in the 2017 Where We Knit yarn club. Four dyer/designers teams — The Woolen Rabbit & Anne Hanson, Eden Cottage Yarns & Mindy Wilkes, Three Fates Yarns & MK Nance and Spun Right Round & Casapinka — will create exclusive colorways and accompanying accessory patterns inspired by where they knit. If you need a last-minute gift for a special knitter in your life, or you still have to give Santa a hint, there’s an option to send a gift subscription. 

What to stash this week: A yarn vintage

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Vintage No. 1, the first custom yarn blend from Middle Brook Fiberworks, is now for sale! For the fingering-weight, woolen-spun yarn, Anne hand picked fleeces from Shetland and CVM (California Variegated Mutant) sheep, raised on a small farm in Pennsylvania that Anne eventually purchased her own lambs from. She added a bit of shimmer to the three natural shades with silk — golden muga for the Chestnut and Beech, and tussah for the Almond — and had it all processed at Gurdy Run Woolen Mill in Halifax, Pennsylvania. 

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There’s still some room in the virtual bus/train/plane for you to come along next year on a journey with the ultimate indie yarn club. Where We Knit 2017 brings together four dyer/designers teams — The Woolen Rabbit & Anne Hanson, Eden Cottage Yarns & Mindy Wilkes, Three Fates Yarns & MK Nance and Spun Right Round & Casapinka — to create exlusive colorways and accompanying accessory patterns inspired by where they knit. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Through December 24th, Bijou Basin Ranch is offering free shipping on all U.S. orders, plus everything is up to 25% off.

Yoshi & Lucy have debuted their holiday colors, which are available in full hanks and in mini skein sets.

What to stash this week: Home is where your yarn is

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Next week, I’ll be moving (no, not to Canada). Among the piles in my bedroom is a huge box of yarn, with skeins from Kim of The Woolen Rabbit and Nikki of Dark Harbour Yarn that are for sale on Indie Untangled. I’m hoping that the skeins go to good homes before I put the box on a moving truck, so I’ve decided to hold a little sale. Through Monday, Nov. 14, all yarn is 15% off with the code MOVING. If you buy from multiple shops, I’m happy to combine shipping.

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What, other than yarn, could bring a smile to your face? Adorable animals! Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has collaborated with Noel of Wanderlust Woolves on Winter Woodland Animal kits. The kits, available to preorder until Nov. 13, include a choice of stitch markers, a project bag, a skein of worsted-weight yarn in an exclusive color and a download code for Noel’s Neko Cowl.

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Despondent Dyes, but this mother-daughter dyeing operation is anything but. For every skein of their bright, cheerful yarn that you buy, the pair will donate $1 to charity, to celebrate their second year in business. Through November, their charity is Hope for Paws, an animal rescue operating out of Southern California. 

What to stash this week: Pops of color

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One of the highlights of the Rhinebeck Trunk Show was getting to see several colorways and bases from The Woolen Rabbit in person. While Kim unfortunately was unable to make it to the show from her home in New Hampshire and have her own display as planned, we ended up doing a last minute change and she sent me yarn to sell in the Indie Untangled booth. And now, you have the opportunity to purchase what I took home with me in a special Woolen Rabbit pop-up. Hop to it!

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Forget adult coloring books — coloring project bags are where it’s at. Yep, Laura of Slipped Stitch Studios has combined yarn, coloring books and bags into the ultimate craft project. Starting today at 9 a.m. Pacific, four bag sizes will be available in three different coloring fabrics, printed on Eco Canvas to reduce marker bleed, and a choice of inside fabric. You’ll also get a “gauge swatch” to gauge your ink. So fun!

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Sue of Invictus Yarns is back in action after a busy month of fiber festivals. Her Etsy shop is fully stocked some returning favorites as well as some new colorways.

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After making a splash at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show, Nikki Dark Harbour Yarns has updated her shop. Even though it’s fall here, you get to take advantage of her spring colors, with pinks, greys and blues. Plus, get your hands on skeins of Starboard to make Jennifer Dassau’s Refracted shawl, which debuted at Rhinebeck.

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The Florence Cathedral Cowl from Courtney of FloofyMoose Designs is inspired by Il Duomo di Firenze, one of Italy’s largest churches. It’s knit in the round with a repeating lace pattern and beads, using a single skein of sock yarn. The size easily modified, with percentages of yarn used on hand if you want to change the size of your cowl.

What to stash this week: Gold at the end of the Rhinebeck rainbow

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Designer Lara Smoot had not one, but two patterns that debuted at Rhinebeck. Daydream Believer, pictured above, is a collaboration between Lara and Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings. The triangular shawl uses Michelle’s phenomenal Rainbow self-striping sock yarn, which pops out from a black accent skein. A limited number of Daydream Believer kits are up for sale here, while all of Lara’s patterns are 20% off through the end of the day with the coupon code ‘Rhinebeck’.

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There are still a few souvenir tote bags — designed and printed by fellow knitters! — left over from Rhinebeck. Snag one while you can!

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Julia of Pandia’s Jewels has been brewing up more magic. Two new OOAK colors, Incantation and Book of Shadows are available on her Super Sparkle base, a 70/25/5 blend of Merino, nylon and Stellina.

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If you’re in the mood for more spooky, Halloween-themed yarn, My Mama Knits’ unique Headless Horseman colorway is available on a base of 75% Superwash Merino and 25% nylon sock yarn.

What to stash this week, whether you’re at Rhinebeck or not

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For this year’s Rhinebeck Trunk Show, I played indie matchmaker, bringing together Nikki of Dark Harbour Yarn and designer Jennifer Dassau. The result of their collaboration is Refracted, a two-color shawl with a mix of stitches that refract at a central point. Jennifer used two skeins of Nikki’s Starboard, a wonderful single-ply blend of Merino and silk that I used for my Trunk Show Shawl. If you’re going to the show, you can preorder a shawl kit with Jennifer’s original color pairing, pictured above, or three additional curated combinations. 

Looking for a simple lace project? Jennifer also collaborated with Brooke of Northern California-based Sincere Sheep to create Mazerunner, a triangular shawl with mesh diamonds that requires one skein of Brooke’s luxuriously rustic Cormo Fingering, also available at the Indie Untangled booth. Mazerunner kits can also be preordered in one of four colors.

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Because winter IS coming, the folks at BBR have a new set of exclusive colorways dyed by MJ Yarns, inspired by a certain HBO series. The colors, which all complement one another — perfect for colorwork! — are available on Xanadu, a luxurious light fingering weight of 100% Mongolian Cashmere. BBR also has five new colors of Big Bijou Bliss, also dyed by MJ Yarns, on their limited edition worsted weight yak and Cormo blend yarn. All yarn will be at the BBR booth at Rhinebeck this weekend, but is also available online.

BBR also has five new colors of Big Bijou Bliss, also dyed by MJ Yarns, on their limited edition worsted weight yak and cormo blend yarn. All yarn will be at the BBR booth at Rhinebeck this weekend, and is also available online.

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Fresh from the mill (and before that, off of Cedar Hill Yarn Company’s Corriedale Cross sheep) is the 2016 batch of Single Sheep. The single-ply fingering weight yarn is as local as it comes and is available in limited quantities.

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Which two words rival “yarn sale?” “Shoe sale.” Through the end of October, in honor of her birthday, Lisa The Knitting Artist is offering $5 off her awesome custom shoes, which are hand dyed and hand drawn with a stockinette stitch pattern.

Hampton Artistic Yarns just listed eight new colorways of Wander sock yarn.

What to stash this week: A yarny journey

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Starshowers is the third installment of her Silk Road 2016 Shawl Club: Explorer. A six-skein gradient set and a contrasting color create an asymmetrical crescent shaped shawl that uses short rows to evoke what Simone calls “the illusion of sweeping stars and star showers above” and “the night sky with just a hint of light at dawn, and the milky way still visible overhead.”

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If you’re allergic to wool, are a vegan or want some dish towels with a bit of personality, Jillian of Mothy and the Squid has dyed up some sock and DK weight pima cotton in a variety of bright colorways, like (clockwise from top left) Cinnabar, Angry Outburst, Autumnal Equinox and Hot and Cold.

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Jenara, new from Mindy Wilkes, is a top down, lacy shawl worked in four sections, making for a unique triangle/crescent hybrid. For her sample, Mindy used Sincere Sheep Cormo Fingering, which will be available to purchase at the Indie Untangled booth during next Friday’s Rhinebeck Trunk Show.

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Keya of Cedar Hill Farm Company recently whipped up some needle cozies for keeping those easily-lost DPNs together during or in between projects, as well as for storing fixed and interchangeable circular needles. The cozies are available in a variety of fabrics, including a few for fall and Halloween.

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The folks at Bijou Basin Ranch have again teamed up with Miss Babs for 10 new limited edition colors, dyed in semi-solid and variegated pairs. Available on the Tibetan Dream base, a blend of 85% yak and 15% nylon, the colors will be at upcoming fiber events (which means Rhinebeck!).

The new Eastern Divide Cowl from Knit Eco Chic is locally sourced, inspired by the invisible line that diverts waters on the East to the Atlantic Ocean and on the West to the Gulf of Mexico.

IU newcomer The Fibre Kitchen is located in Dublin, Ireland and is currently cooking up new colors.

Hampton Artistic Yarns is stocking the shop with speckled, striped, bulky and handspun yarns after a trip to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival.

What to stash this week: Yarny treats

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At 9 a.m. PDT today, Laura and the Slipped Stitch Studios crew are releasing bags and other treats with their limited-edition Halloween fabrics for 2016. Perfect for trick-or-knitting.

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While pretty much all of Casapinka’s patterns are made to complement those random variegated beauties in your stash, her latest calls them out. Bronwyn designed One & Done specifically for variegated yarn.

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Another thing to add to your Rhinebeck shopping list: the Whisp cowl. Designed by Lesley Anne Robinson of Knit Graffiti Designs for Backyard Fiberworks and Feel Good Yarn Company, this brioche beauty will debut at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show on Oct. 14 and is available to preorder and pick up there. 

Kettle Yarn Co. has kits containing three skeins of Waltham Aran to make Joji Locatelli’s new shawl, All I Want.